Toronto to host WMA Regional Championships after Juarez bonks

York Stadium will host the meet in August.

Canada to the rescue! The NCCWMA regional masters championships will be held in Toronto, taking over at the last minute from Juarez, Mexico, which bailed last week. Official word on the rescue came Thursday morning via Doug “Shaggy” Smith, the camera-toting, steeplechase-running president of Ontario Masters Athletics. Doug writes: “The NCCWMA Executive contacted me last week [about April 5, the day I posted about Juarez] I guess when they received word about Juarez, to see if we could add the event to our existing Canadian [Masters] Championships. I had to check with my Ontario Masters Board first, to see if we would be willing to take on the responsibility on such short notice. Once that was cleared, I had to check with the Canadian Masters Board to see if they were willing to have the NCCWMA meet piggy-back with their championships. They were very enthusiastic about the prospect — as we have had successful co-meets three times in the past.” The WMA regional will be held August 11-13, 2017, at York Lions Stadium in Toronto, a venue for 2020 worlds. Details on WMA regionals will be on this site, launched early Thursday morning. Many thanks to Doug (who will be meet director) and his countrymen for doing this! Are y’all going? (It’s a month after USATF masters nationals.)

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April 13, 2017

7 Responses

  1. Rick Easley - April 13, 2017

    Many thanks to our neighbors to the north for stepping up to the plate. You can always count on the Canadians.

  2. Terry Parks - April 13, 2017

    Thank you Doug “Shaggy” Smith, the Ontario Masters Athletics, the Canadian Masters Board, and the city of Tornoto for agreeing to host the NCCWMA.

    I think that Christa Bortignon was prescient in her analysis of having the Canadian and the NCCWMA Championships together. My wife and I look forward to seeing her there running and jumping.

    The Canadians have proven to be a class act, and I look forward to a great championships in Toronto.

  3. Rob Jerome - April 13, 2017

    Terrific and quick work done by Shaggy and his colleagues. Much appreciation from your friends south of your border. Now it’s time for the NCCWMA website to be updated with the news so friends south of our border know about the new venue.

  4. Mary Harada - April 14, 2017

    wonderful news – and we can all see the site for the 202) WMA meet. The timing is great for me – the last of my family summer visitors leave on Aug 10th.

  5. Woody Deitrich - April 16, 2017

    Will anybody in Toronto let me practice my Spanish??

  6. Rick Easley - April 18, 2017

    Woody, hopefully there will be a contingent from Mexico there that you can practice with.

  7. Ken Stone - April 24, 2017

    Meet registration is now open here:

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